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Leo: A te vengo o prato ameno
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14213 v 154r - 157v

This time the poor shepherd is dying for love of cruel Aminta. No matter what he does, beauty of her hair and her breast(!) force him to fall in love. The opening aria, probably largo has some interesting figurations which in most situations would be ornaments (32nd notes). Aria - recit - aria form.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Che farai, Lidia cara!
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Sources: BL Add 31618 f20v - f38 and MS 22.g.9.8

The subject matter is Arcadian and concerns the unrequited love of a young man for Lidia. A string prelude 'Alla francese' with two recit and aria pairs. The arias are particularly beautiful.

Range: b' - f#''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Dopo lunga dimora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A stunning example of the genre showing Leo at the height of his powers in this field. RARA format with two complex and beautiful arias and the expected involved recitatives. The straying shepherd returns to the banks of the River Arno to find both love and infedelity in his beloved Amarillis.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(2)

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Or ch'è dal sol difesa
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

In this delightful pastoral cantata, Angelica dallies in the fields and love is compared to all the flowers, but don't forget the thorns which also come with the most beautiful roses! The trials and tribulations of love in aria - recit - aria format.

Range: c# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Pianger vidi appresso al fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a sorrowful image of the shepherdess weeping near the fountain, hand on heart, the erstwhile lover claims that if she were with him she would have no cause to complain! ARA format, both arias wonderfully plaintive.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio fermò l'incerto passo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 35v - 41v

The young man, perhaps unlucky and unhappy Tirsi, finds himself once more beneath the shade of a beech tree lamenting the cruelty of his beloved Dorinda. 2 recit and aria form with some stylish vocal passage work in both arias.

Range: d# - g#''

Editor: James Sanderson

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